What is a co-operative?

A co-operative is a proper business. It is worth stating again. A co-operative is a proper business established to make profits, like any other business. In launching the3rdi magazine as a co-operative I have been surprised at the ignorance and misunderstanding that surrounds the co-operative [...]

Collaboration v Competition This time it’s personal!

Firstly I would like to define and clarify the terms: Collaboration means to work with another or others on a joint project Competition means a rivalry between two or more businesses striving for the same customer or market. So, on the face of it, the two seem mutually exclusive. One focuses on [...]

JUMP – inspirational social enterprise

JUMP is a youth mentoring project run for and by young people. JUMP is open to all young people aged 13–25 years old who may benefit from the mentoring process; However, our project particularly aims to help vulnerable teenagers find a safe place to live, encourage them to learn the skills that [...]

Creating shining stars

Social enterprise by its very nature has to be based on a collective spirit, community engagement and collaboration.  No social challenge can be tackled effectively and with any real sustainability without an inclusive strategy. This is why when Claire Young and I were deciding on how best to [...]

Collaboration – co-operative style

Photo: Left to Right – Kenny Kemp, Vicky Masterson, Liz Taylor, Ruth Webber, Stewart McIntosh, Ian Spinney Collaboration is part of our daily lives, whether it’s agreeing with a partner who is cooking dinner or making informal child-care arrangements with friends. It is also becoming [...]

Girls Can – co-operating to support young women

‘jobs can be a big thing when you are a girl because everyone wants you to go in to hair dressing or health and social care.’ young woman from Platform 51 (YWCA) In a society which hyper sexualises women, where the pay gap and leadership gap still exists between men and women, and where there [...]